It is shown that if, in a calculation of high-transverse-momentum () meson production in hadron-hadron collisions, one includes not only the scale-breaking effects that might be expected from asymptotically free theories but also the effects due to the transverse momentum of quarks in hadrons and further adds contributions from quark-gluon and gluon-gluon scattering to those of quark-quark scattering then the results are not inconsistent with the data. The approach yields the correct magnitude and an apparent approximate behavior in accord with single-particle data for the energy range currently observed. Two-particle correlations are examined. Because of scale-breaking effects and the presence of gluons, the theory does not have the problem of predicting too many away-side hadrons at large as did an earlier quark-quark scattering "black-box" approach. We conclude that the quantum-chromodynamics approach is in reasonable accord with the data although theoretical uncertainties (especially at low ) make incontrovertible conclusions impossible at present. Crucial tests of the theory require higher than are now available; estimates for this region are made.
- Received 15 May 1978
- Published in the issue dated 1 November 1978
© 1978 The American Physical Society